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Plague and the Athenian imagination : drama, history, and the cult of Asclepius

Author: Robin Mitchell-Boyask
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book investigates the effect of the great plague of Athens on its literary and social imagination.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Aesculapius, (Roman deity); Asklepios, (Greek deity)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Mitchell-Boyask
ISBN: 0521296374 9780521296373
OCLC Number: 720599279
Description: xiv, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue; 1. Introduction; 2. Death, myth and drama before the Plague; 3. Materials I: the language of disease in tragedy; 4. Plague, cult and drama: Euripides' Hippolytus; 5. Oedipus and the Plague; 6. Trachiniae and the Plague; 7. Materials II: the cult of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus; 8. Disease and stasis in Euripidean drama: tragic pharmacology on the south slope of the Acropolis; 9. The Athenian Asklepieion and the end of Philoctetes; 10. Conclusions and afterthoughts.
Responsibility: Robin Mitchell-Boyask.

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